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Dr. Karen SlabasObstetrics & Gynecology

Uses and Benefits of Spermicide

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What is spermicide & how is it used?
Spermicide is a chemical that inactivates sperm which helps to prevent pregnancy.
It comes in different forms, such as foams, creams, gels, vaginal suppositories, and films.
It is available over-the-counter in many stores, including Walgreens, CVS, and most grocery stores.  No prescription is necessary.
Spermicide should be inserted into the vagina close to the cervix.
You should wait 10-15 after insertion for it to be effective at preventing pregnancy.
It is only effective for 1 hour after insertion.

You must reinsert spermicide with each act of sex.
It doesn’t contain hormones, has no effect on your menstrual cycle, & does not affect your milk supply if breastfeeding.
Spermicide does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).